Andrew W Porter B Mus Hons, BA GRNCM, FTCL, Dip ABRSM Mus Dir.



Stan Lippeatt

Andrew comes from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He left Carrick in 1996 to study music at the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester before gaining his first degree from The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, specialising in performance. During his studies he received the British Reserve award for Euphonium player of the year in 2000 and was also fortunate enough in 2000 to reach the Brass Finals of the Young Musician of the Year. In 2001 he performed the Joseph Horovitz Euphonium Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland at the RTE Millennium Musician of the Future competition, live on Irish TV and was deemed to be runner up. His prize was the euphonium he still performs on today. During his time in the North West he performed with some of the finest brass bands in the country and was a member of the highly successful Yorkshire Building Society Band, under the direction of David King.

In 2003 Andrew joined the Army as a musician. He was awarded with numerous prizes for performance during his musical training. His first assignment was to the Band of The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in Arborfield, Reading. During his time with the REME he toured most of Europe and in 2006 was invited to Washington DC to perform recitals at the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference (TUSABTEC), returning in 2007 to perform Neal Corwell's concerto, Of the Water, in the presence of the composer, with the United States Army Orchestra. In June 2007 he was invited to be the Principal Euphonium of the British Army Brass Band.

In 2007 Andrew was selected to attend the Student Bandmasters' Course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, gaining a first class honours degree, the Principal Director of Army Music's prize for conducting and the overall Academic prize at the conclusion of his course.

His first assignment as a Bandmaster was in 2011 to The Band of the King's Division in Weeton, Lancashire. Whilst with the King's he worked closely with the local communities, performing with the band regularly on BBC Radio Lancashire. Andrew also led the band on the Annual Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

In May 2013 he was assigned to the Afghan National Army Officers Academy (ANAOA) in Qargha, Kabul, responsible for establishing the first course, designed to train young Afghan men and women into becoming leaders of the future.

In April 2014 Andrew began his latest, most prestigious appointment in the Household Division as Bandmaster of The Band of The Irish Guards.

Andrew has previously held conducting appointments with Reading Spring Gardens Band, St Sebastian Wokingham Brass Band, Trinity Concert Band, Friary Guildford Brass Band and Morecambe Brass. He currently gets his playing fix by performing with the Sandhurst Silver Band.

Andrew enjoys fitness, is a keen Obstacle Race and fun run competitor and is an active Park-runner. He lives in Kingston with his wife Carol (a flugel horn player) and his children James (9) and Ruby (6).